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Title: Indigenous knowledge on animal healthcare practices in district Kachchh, Gujarat
Authors: Mistry, Nisha
Silori, C S
Gupta, L
Dixit, A M
Keywords: Indigenous knowledge;Animal healthcare;Kachchh district;Medicinal plants;Medicinal animals
Issue Date: Jul-2003
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: This article describes the indigenous knowledge of local communities on the traditional healthcare system in district Kachchh, Gujarat. A total of about 726 individuals, from 55 villages across district Kachchh were interviewed, using structured questionnaire survey method. Major communities across wide range of age groups ranging from 15 years to above 90 years were covered. Of the total interviewed persons 49% claimed to have the ethnoveterinary knowledge. Respondents listed a total of 75 plant species that are used for treating ailments in the animals. Leaves, seeds, fruits and in some cases whole plant were used for medicinal purposes. The administration procedures were quite simple and the plant parts are fed to sick animal in the form of crushed green leaves, powder of seeds or sometime in the paste form. Some of the most common diseases treated through plant-based medication are rheumatism, fever, bloat, and foot and mouth disease and to expel the placenta after delivery in cattle. Besides plant-based medicines, few wild animals and their products and few minerals are also used by local people to cure sick animals. The emphasis has been laid on the scientific validation of medicinal properties of the plants and animals used in traditional medication system and also to recognize and reward the traditional wisdom of the local communities.
Page(s): 240-254
ISSN: 0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJTK Vol.02(3) [July 2003]

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